Sadly, the Coronavirus pandemic has halted classroom momentum for teachers across the country.  Undoubtedly, teachers are going to great lengths in an effort to keep the momentum moving forward; dedication to their students has been unwavering.  Teachers, parents, and students alike are experiencing feelings of worry and frustration as they try to attain achievement under harsh circumstances.  During these troubling times, students are presented with an opportunity to reflect on their own learning, while focusing on motivation and responsibility.

Challenges are Sure to Arise

This period of e-learning will definitely present many challenges to students.  Though hotly debated, a push to use more technology in the learning environment has been a trend for some time now.  However, technology has never been the sole mode of learning in a typical classroom environment.  Teachers have always been just a few steps away to explain and clarify information while engaging students in learning.  Now that students are forced to rely on technology to further their knowledge, it’s time to equip them with skills to help them progress and regulate their own learning.

Improve Self-Learning Strategies

A student’s cognitive processes are often facilitated by their teachers who rely on five principles of cognitive learning: remembering, understanding, applying, evaluating, and creating.  Below are tips for strategies that parents can use with their students at home to ensure continued learning.  Using these strategies will encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and advancement.  Students will begin to see these quick activities as challenges to accomplish, which will drive their intrinsic motivation to keep learning.

  • Tip 1: Encourage your student to remember content by making a timeline, writing a paragraph with details about what they learned, or making a game out of the content they were presented.
  • Tip 2: Make sure your student understands by having him/her draw a concept rather than use words to explain it, create a list of examples of a topic, or classifying information into groups he/she makes.
  • Tip 3: See if your student can apply material by having him/her make connections between previously learned material and new material, solve problems or answer questions, or demonstrate procedures.
  • Tip 4: Have your student evaluate material by creating a pro/con list, developing a point of view to defend, or creating a graph to show information.
  • Tip 5: Challenge your student to create something using the material they have learned by having him/her write a guidebook, create a comic strip to show a series of events, or write a scenario using new information.

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